I’m a creative writer, blogger, and IT person from Charm City, Maryland. If you’re not from around here, that means Baltimore. If you see someone in Fells Point pouring over a tiny Windows laptop that’s a bit too old, you might just have spotted me.
On my toughest Mondays, my coworkers could always count on me to say, “I just need one more day on the weekends.” It always felt like another 24 hours for me-time would give me the relaxation and reset that I needed to be my best self. Sometimes I’d even find myself daydreaming of all the things I could do with a week off. Hello, sweatpants!
They say the best way to get comfortable with the unfamiliar is to talk about it…if this is the case, I am deeply surprised there aren’t women in the streets screaming the word “MASTURBATION.” Okay, it’s a ridiculous thought to envision — but why are we so afraid to talk about masturbation, sex, and orgasms as openly as our male counterparts? And even more so, why is there a gap in knowledge when it comes to the “how to’s” of these topics?
In our current climate, both literally and financially, many consumers are re-evaluating their spending habits, especially when it comes to fashion. The fast fashion industry is not only one of the most wasteful—it also produces a great deal of pollution, and often relies on unethical labor practices.
It was lunch time. I was sitting at my desk in Baltimore, halfheartedly stabbing at my leftover spaghetti with a plastic fork. Though I’m a chronic work-through-lunch person, I’d had a particularly tiresome morning and decided to take a somewhat proper lunch break.
A few years ago, my future brother-in-law decided that college was not for him. He wanted to be a mechanic. Both his immediate family and the extended family (well, soon to be extended family) supported the idea since he'd been a tinkerer ever since he was a young boy.
I do trust my fiancé—I suppose that’s obvious, since I’m marrying him. However, I was very hesitant when he volunteered to plan my bachelorette party. It’s the type of pre-wedding celebration that is almost always handled by a bridesmaid. It is a girl’s night, after all.
Women have made incredible strides on getting closer to equality in the last few decades, and it feels empowering to see happening, but it's not easy to be a female athlete. While things are undoubtedly getting better, we're still not a point where the little girl who wants to be an Olympic athlete gets the same amount of attention as the little boy who has the same dream gets. If we look at a later stage of an athlete's early life, women's sports often don't get the same amount of attention as men's sports do.
I'd be lying if I said the thought never crossed my mind. I'm at that awkward age where I'm getting up there in my 20s, I've been with my partner for four years, and everyone in my family is starting to look at us a little weirdly. Of all of the times that marriage, and even eloping, has been brought up in conversation, I've come to learn that there are definitely things no one tells you about eloping.